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The M Stands for Middling


Trial and Terror


Men Ruin Everything


Sorry, Malaysian Tourism Industry!


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Myopic Biopic


The visit The M Stands for Middling

For the first time in over a decade, director M. Night Shyamalan has made a film that won’t end up on many “worst of the year” lists come late-December…but will probably be forgotten by early next week. The Visit is a horror film presented in the cheap “found footage” style that dominated the genre just a few years ago before disappearing overnight, with the exception of a couple low-key franchises. After the string...

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You only hear about a psychological experiment if it goes really, really well or really, really bad. Guess how a simulation of prison using 20-something college students as both guards and inmates went? Writer Tim Talbott’s script strays little from a grand recreation of actual events, never coloring in context for key players or investigating what mental maladies may have been at work within the participants....

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I don’t want to review Mad Max: Fury Road. I want to write love letters to it or draw it like one of those French girls. If I could find the right keystroke combination, this review would just be one long onomatopoetic recreation of the feral roar of approval bellowed from deep within my bosom as the credits rolled. They’ve called it a “game-changer,” a “masterpiece” and a “work of genius,” but none of those capture...

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No Escape feels like it was written by somebody who violently hates the entire Asian continent. Culled from every xenophobic stereotype, down to the eating of dogs, the film plays like a two hour anti-tourism ad. “Malaysia: You’ll Probably Die Here.” Setting aside the copious and disquieting amount of fairly naked anti-Asian sentiment, No Escape could have been a fun throwback to 80s action thrillers. Instead,...

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